British Indian MP Virendra Sharma is driving the #InspiredToTry swimming campaign in his heavily Indian-origin constituency of Ealing Southall, with the hope that Team GB’s Olympic success in the sport will inspire future swimming champions from within the community.
With the action underway at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, and following the gold medal win for Team GB’s Adam Peaty in in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, and Tom Daley and Matty Lee in the Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform, the Labour Party MP is hoping the Olympics will leave local people #InspiredToTry swimming.
said: “I send my congratulations, and those of the nation, to Adam Peaty on another amazing gold medal. Also to Tom Daley and Matty Lee after their sensational performance receiving gold medals. I will be continuing to cheer on the rest of Team GB as the action continues.
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“We are fortunate in to have a number of fantastic clubs and I hope the excitement of the Olympics will provide the motivation for many residents to be #InspiredToTry any of the fantastic sports of swimming, para swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming or artistic swimming.”
“Who knows, the next Adam Peaty, Ellie Simmonds or Alice Dearing could start their future Olympic journey in our pools! But even if we don’t unearth the next Olympic superstar, the joy and health benefits being part of a club can bring is more than worth it on its own.”
And, in keeping with the sporting inspiration theme, the veteran MP also applauded the efforts of his local team, Southall FC, after they won their 150th Anniversary Challenge Match against local rivals Uxbridge FC recently. The game commemorated the first ever game played between the two clubs in 1871 at Southall Park in west London.
Southall FC aims to unite the community of Southall and are currently working to #BringSouthallHome. The club aims to improve the health and for all in the community through sport and physical activity, whilst helping the community to flourish and follow their dreams.